The Movie: 5/10
The Circle didn’t do much for me. I really am a Science Fiction fan, but sometimes the ideas of our “near” futures and “almost reality” get a little boring. I get it, we are all too addicted to our social media and allowing access to our most private life details….and this movie does nothing to scare me away from that real reality. I don’t mind the cast, but sometimes it’s a bit drama school. The music is pretty good, if not a tad bland. The sets and art design are my favorite things about this movie, and that’s not a good thing. If I’m looking at the shot set up and the composition of the background instead of listening to the characters or caring about the characters, we have a problem.
It’s not bad, mostly neutral, which I think is worse. The more I think about it the more it fades away into my movie memory closet of cluttered mediocre stories and performances.
The making of the movie is pretty good, expensive actors, big set pieces, but the illusion is that it’s pretending to be bigger than it is.
I don’t know who I would recommend this to. I wouldn’t say the people who are afraid of social media would enjoy it because it would reinforce their views on the subject. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who live online most of the hours of their days, because they will roll their eyes at most of the attempts at techy references and doom and gloom predictions about our global knowledge of each other.
Overall I would say if you want a good solid gloomy look at our future there are lots of other mediocre films to choose from, or you could go for the classics like Blade Runner and The Matrix.
- No More Secrets: Completing The Circle (30 Minutes) – Split into four parts this making of documentary is more than a EPK featurette.
- The Future Won’t Wait: Design And Technology (10 Minutes) – Production design is covered here.
- A True Original: Remembering Bill Paxton (14 Minutes) – A nice interview with Tom Hanks where he reminisces about his time working with Bill on Apollo 13.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
The cover is fine, but without a good movie to back it up, I wouldn’t have it as a poster.
Audio & Video: 8/10
The Circle was filmed on a Red camera at 6K so the down-convert to 1080P looks very impressive with sharp detail and some awesome looking cinematography. I saw no issues at all with banding or macroblocking and the whole image is crisp and sharp. The Circle is presented in 1080P at a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is very good for a film with almost no action to speak of. Dialog is always prioritized and rendered cleanly and clearly. LFE makes an appearance during the car bridge scene and the very short cameo by musician BECK.
Overall Score 5/10